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Why Not? Pro Bowl Recap: NFC Loses To The AFC, 59-41

Pro Bowl 2012 Final Score: AFC Sets Record, Evens Series With NFC In 59-41 Win - Early on, the crowd started to boo because the players on both sides were putting such little effort into the game. It wasn't until the 4th quarter when the AFC really started bringing the pressure on defense that led to a lopsided final score. While the AFC seemed content to let Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees attempt their passes, once Cam Newton got into the game, it was like the AFC veterans didn't want to let that rookie QB beat them.

For the Green Bay Packers, their coaching staff and six players participated in the Pro Bowl, and here's what happened.

The announcers said that Mike McCarthy's job today was to make sure they had 11 players in on every play. One of the few times they showed him on the sidelines, he was having a drink of water and talking to a sun burnt Dom Capers (who usually spends each game up in the box). QB coach Tom Clements called all the plays, which was probably a good sign that he'll be promoted to offensive coordinator soon. But special teams coach Shawn Slocum stole the show with two surprise onside kicks (both recovered by the NFC) and a fake punt that had 49ers P Andy Lee throw for a first down to Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson.

Aaron Rodgers played the entire 1st quarter, and went 13 of 17 for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. His last completion of the first half was a deflected pass that Rodgers himself caught, and then he was tackled for a 15 yard loss. Greg Jennings was in-and-out the entire game, and finished with 5 receptions for 42 yards and 1 touchdown. Scott Wells took over in the late second quarter, early third quarter, and played at least half the game.

All three defensive players (B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews, and Charles Woodson) started the game, but I didn't see Woodson at all after the first quarter and he ended up with only one pass defense. Raji played most of the game, but he wasn't putting in a lot of effort and ended with three tackles. As far as I can tell, Matthews played the entire game, but he didn't once rush the passer. He made some plays in coverage, with one interception and two pass defenses. Unfortunately on his interception, he then lateraled it to Bears CB Charles Tillman, who then lateraled it to Julius Peppers, who gave it back to the AFC on an ill-advised lateral attempt.

The play of the game was the acting job by Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch as he flopped out of bounds on a weak hit. That pretty much summed up the show that was put on.